LMX 2300 HCS coupe 1969
2019 Classic Days Schloss Dyck - Aldenhoven (D)
LMX was a short-lived sportscar manufacturer from Milan, Italy, named after founders Michel Liprandi and Giovanni Mandelli. It was closely related to Carrozzeria Eurostyle from Turin, who manufactured the glass fiber reinforced plastic body designed by Franco Scaglione. The 2300 HCS was the only model made by this manufacturer, mostly as a hatchback coupe but also an open top spider was shown. It was based on a backbone chassis and powered by 2.3 liter V6 engine from Ford Germany, which could be souped-up by a Constatin supercharger or, later, by a turbo charger which provided almost double the original, modest, amount of horsepower.
A prototype first appeared in 1968 at the Turin Motorshow, the same year the new Corvette C3 was introduced, with which it shared some styling elements. From some angles the 2300 HCS almost appears like a scaled-down Corvette. Production began in 1969 and continued up to 1973 when, after around 40 cars had been produced, the project was bought by SAMAS, an Italian manufacturer best known up to then for an all-terrain vehicle named Yeti. The project was renamed into Sirex LMS and another 20 cars were made, often turbo charged, until the end came in 1974.
On this photo you see one of the most remarkable features of this design: a huge glass pane in the rear hatch. Very unusual for a plastic body and if you look closely (especially around the latch) you can see why. The steel hinges were glued to the body with an at the time novel Loctite product.